How to Make an Apple Pencil Cookie Platter

Written by Mike Tamplin • Jul 10, 2021

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How to Make an Apple Pencil Cookie Platter
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Usually, back-to-school designs have been centered around the kids. However, a couple teacher friends of mine requested a back-to-school design for themselves too.

That's where this new apple pencil cookie platter came about. This platter design is a great gesture idea that could be placed out in a teachers' lounge and shared amongst their coworkers.

The platter consists of two designs, an apple and a pair of pencils, repeated around a center circle cookie. Below, I laid out all the steps on how I pulled this apple pencil cookie platter together.

Apple Pencil Platter Cookie Cutter Set

New this back-to-school season is this apple pencil cookie platter. This set includes 3 cookie cutters: an apple, a pair of pencil tips, and a center circle. You can purchase both cookie cutters together, or as a 2-piece without the circle cutter.

(This is the same circle cutter used in all my platter sets, like this Snowflake set, Spiral Platter, and Floral Wreath, etc.)

There are two sizes available. When arranged as a platter, as shown in the example picture, the platter measures:

LARGE- 12 inches in diameter.

SMALL- 9 inches in diameter.

For this tutorial, I'll be decorating the large size.

apple pencil platter cookie cutter set | Semi Sweet Designs

Template for the Apple Pencil Platter Cookie Set

To help with the decorating process, I made a PDF template of all of the new Back-to-school cookie cutters, including this platter design.

You can download all the 2021 Back-to-School cookie templates HERE.

If you have a Kopykake or Pico projector, just print it out (or pull it up on your mobile device) and you are good to go. For those without a projector, follow the suggested steps below by tracing the design onto the cookie with an edible food marker.

The Decorating Process

For the colors used for these apples and pencil cookies, you will need the following suggested colors:

Step 1

For the apple pieces, begin by filling in the heart bite and the brown stem, as shown.

Then fill in the surrounding red area of the apple.

apple pencil cookie platter step 1

Step 2

Next fill in the leaf area. Let this icing set up for about 15 minutes.

Then add the outline detail for the leaf.

apple pencil cookie platter step 2

Step 3

For the pencil cookie piece, start by filling in one pencil body with yellow icing and the other pencil's tan tip. Let the icing set.

Then fill in the other body and tip sections, as shown.

apple pencil cookie platter step 4

Step 4

Add the finishing details like the black lead tips and the pencil body lines.

apple pencil cookie platter step 4

Step 5

For the final, center message cookie, begin by flooding the entire cookie with black icing. Let this icing dry completely.

Once dry, I piped the Back to School message using my projector.

apple pencil cookie platter with back-to-school message

Video Tutorial

The steps above are summarized in this time-lapsed video I put together below.

Here's the final school cookie platter all assembled. To create this entire platter required 11 cookies-- 5 apples, 5 pencils, and 1 center circle cookie.

This is the large, 12" version. For the tray it's on, I like to use the 12" pizza pans from Dollar Tree. They are cheap and sturdy for transporting around.

apple pencil cookie platter | Semi Sweet Designs
apple pencil cookie platter | Semi Sweet Designs
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